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The impact of orchard netting on insect visitation

Industry Best Practice

Which netting is best for welcoming insect pollinators into the orchard? 

Jeremy Jones (UNE) discusses the outcomes of a three-year study in Stanthorpe, Queensland. 

The study was framed by two main questions: 

(i) Does the amount of space between netting and apple trees impact the activity of insect pollinators in apple orchards?   

(ii) Does opening the inter-row seam of pitched nets during the flowering period increase the activity of insect pollinators on apple flowers under the opened rows?   

The increasing number of permanently netted orchards in Australia makes it vital to understand how different netting structures impact pollinating insects. 

Read the full study results here or pages 52-54 of the Winter edition of AFG now online. 

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